Friday, October 12, 2018

Ready, set...wait

Well by now I thought I'd be settling into my new home on the Ice (Antarctica).  But Mother Nature has different plans.  Today is Friday, October 12 and I've been in Christchurch, NZ for 10 days now.  And it looks like I'll be here for another 3-5 days.

Why the delay?  It's been very windy and snowing at McMurdo.  Not to go into too much detail, primarily because I don't know all that much, but the blowing of existing ice and snow plus the addition of the new finely grained snow creates drifts.  These are not your typical drifts we generally see in the US but are instead very hard and have to be mechanically removed.  When they form on the roads and runways it makes safe travel nearly impossible.  And there is the problem of visibility.  So until the wind and snow stop, or at least calm down, and the drifts are removed, we're not going anywhere.  Hopefully the weather will improve and we'll soon be able to wing our way to the Ice.

There are nearly 500 of us waiting to head to McMurdo.  But being stuck in Christchurch is not such a bad thing.  In fact, it's pretty darn nice.  But I for one am ready to head south.

On a side note, I've posted a map of Antartica to the right under "Pages".  It helped me since I usually don't turn a globe over to get that perspective.

4 comments:

Libby Criswell said...

Trusting in God’s timing to get you where you need to be when you need to be there!
Blessings today on your Spring birthday! I guess you get to share the day with cousin Dave for the first time. 😊

Gianni alsoknownas John said...

I suppose this delay simply illustrates that you are about to step foot on some of the most remote and unforgiving terrain on the planet. Make the most of your time in NZ, and have a happy Kiwi birthday tomorrow, Rex! (=

Marie on Frazer said...

Happy birthday Rex!! Enjoy a NZ wine before you hit the “ice”...

Unknown said...

Safe travels to you, Rex!

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